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Health care reform update government agencies issue grandfather plan regulations

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 29 2010

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly issued long-awaited guidance in the form of interim final regulations detailing the requirements for maintaining grandfather plan status

Health care reform update

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 30 2010

Regulations implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have been coming out at a steady pace

New guidance regarding the age-26 dependent coverage mandate

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 28 2010

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, group health plans that extend coverage to dependent children must continue to make such coverage available until age 26

Small business tax credit for employer health insurance contributions

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 28 2010

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance on a tax credit made available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that benefits certain small employers who help defray the cost of their employees' health insurance premiums

HHS issues proposed regulations on HIPAA’s privacy, security, and enforcement provisions

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 29 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services recently published proposed regulations for the implementation of statutory changes made to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as provided by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH

Health reimbursement arrangements and waivers: immediate action required

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 19 2010

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), a group health plan's ability to impose annual limits on essential health benefits is restricted for plan years beginning before January 1, 2014 and prohibited altogether for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014

IRS issues notice regarding nondiscrimination rule for insured plans

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 29 2010

The IRS issued Notice 2010-63 inviting public comments on the application of rules prohibiting insured group health plans from discriminating in favor of highly compensated individuals (HCIs

More health care reform FAQs issued

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 4 2011

Over the past several months DOL, HHS, and the IRS (collectively, the Agencies) have issued a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

New guidance regarding debit card use for OTC expenses

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 4 2011

Under the Affordable Care Act, expenses incurred for a medicine or a drug would be treated as a reimbursement for a medical expense only if the medicine or drug is a prescribed medicine or drug or is insulin

Enforcement of insured plan nondiscrimination rules delayed

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 4 2011

As many employers are by now well aware, the Affordable Care Act imposes nondiscrimination rules on insured non-grandfathered group health plans